Atlantic Hockey: Giesler’s hat trick lifts Air Force over RIT :: USCHO.com College Hockey Game Recaps :: U.S. College Hockey Online

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — There’s an adage in hockey: Get to the net and good things will happen. That was the case for Air Force sophomore Evan Giesler, who recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Falcons to a 4-2 win over host Rochester Institute of Technology. Giesler had a goal in each period for the first Air Force hat trick since Cole Gunner’s in March 2015. “Coach always preaches, ‘Get to the net…

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Three Things: Bonus hockey :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Atlantic Hockey Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Three things from the weekend in Atlantic Hockey: Bonus hockey It was a wild Saturday night in Atlantic Hockey, with four of five conference games going to overtime, the first time we’ve had four OTs in a single day since Jan. 20, 2016. Two of the games ended in ties, while the other pair saw a winner emerge. Army West Point completed a sweep of Niagara in thrilling fashion as Conor Andrle got the game…

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Atlantic Hockey: Berrafato stops 27 in Holy Cross shutout of RIT :: USCHO.com College Hockey Game Recaps :: U.S. College Hockey Online

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Tonight’s Holy Cross 4-0 win over host Rochester Institute of Technology had a decidedly Western New York feel. Crusaders goaltender Paul Berrafato, a Buffalo native, stopped all 27 shots he faced for his sixth career shutout. That and a goal by Rochester native Johnny Coughlin, whose first-period marker turned out to be the game-winner, paced the Crusaders to the victory, extending their unbeaten streak at the Polisseni Center to 3-0-2. “I think…

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Mercyhurst has its eyes on strong finish, long postseason run :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Mercyhurst Lakers, who sit in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings at 10-10-4 in league play. The Lakers have spent most of the season straddling the .500 mark, winning consecutive games only twice, but never dropping more than three contests in a row. Rick Gotkin’s team began to pick up steam four weeks ago, and put together a five game unbeaten streak that…

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Atlantic Hockey: Desbiens hat trick paces Bentley over RIT :: USCHO.com College Hockey Game Recaps :: U.S. College Hockey Online

“Desbiens” can be loosely translated as “the goods,” and the Bentley freshmen lived up to his surname, scoring his first collegiate hat trick to lead Bentley to a 6-3 win over RIT. The Falcons recorded their first weekend sweep of the season, avenging a pair of Tigers’ wins at the John A. Ryan Skating Center back in October. “Our goal in the year was to break (the season) down into series,” said Bentley coach Ryan…

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Canisius’ Williams finds opportunity with Griffs ‘a really good fit’ on, off the ice :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Canisius goaltender Charles Williams hasn’t taken a conventional path to where he is today, but his college hockey career started out the way they typically do for a Division I player. The Canton, Mich., native posted impressive numbers in the USHL, going 20-4-3 for the Lincoln Stars in his last year of juniors. He landed at Ferris State, where he played in nine games his first two seasons, backing up Hobey Baker finalist CJ Motte.…

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Three Things: How full is your glass? :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Atlantic Hockey Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Three things from the weekend that was in Atlantic Hockey: How full is your glass? Every Atlantic Hockey team came away from this weekend with something positive, albeit some squad’s glasses were more full than others. None of the five series played resulted in sweeps, with Canisius and Sacred Heart coming out with the best results: three points each against Air Force and Holy Cross, respectively. The other three series ended in splits: Bentley/Niagara, Rochester…

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Deep Air Force squad showing worth as injuries taking toll on Falcons :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Before the season started, Air Force coach Frank Serratore told me that this year’s team may be the deepest he’s had in his 20 years behind the Falcons’ bench. It looks like he was right. Despite a rash of injuries, Air Force swept Mercyhurst last weekend to move into first place in Atlantic Hockey, holding a one-point lead over Robert Morris with a pair of games in hand. The Falcons have now won six games…

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Seeing where Atlantic Hockey teams stand 42 percent of the way into the season :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

While not quite at the halfway point of the season (42.2 percent, to be exact), the holiday break is a time to look forward to some tournaments as well as look back on the 2016 portion of the 2016-2017 season. We’ve had a few surprises, but that’s par for the course in Atlantic Hockey. Who’s overachieving? Who’s got work to do in the second half? Let’s find out. Where things stand Early in the season,…

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Three Things: Power surge :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Atlantic Hockey Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Power surge One statistic stands way, way out in Rochester Institute of Technology’s sweep of Niagara: success with the man advantage. The Tigers scored a whopping eight power play goals in the series, including a school record six in a 7-1 win on Friday. RIT went six for 10 with the man advantage in that one, and followed it up with two more power play goals in five chances in Saturday’s 6-2 victory. Liam Kerins…

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Niagara starting to move in a positive direction as seniors ‘want to go out on a high note’ :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Niagara registered a couple of firsts back on Nov. 15. For starters, a 5-4 win over Mercyhurst on home ice was the first victory of the season for coach Dave Burkholder’s team after an 0-7-2 start. It was also the first career win for sophomore Guillaume Therien, who was a hard-luck 0-13-3 coming into the contest. “We didn’t make it easy for him,” said Burkholder. “We had a 3-0 lead early and then nine minutes into…

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Three Things: Two out of three ain’t bad :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Atlantic Hockey Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Three Things from this past weekend in Atlantic Hockey: Two out of three ain’t bad Niagara won its first game of the season last Tuesday, a 5-4 victory over Mercyhurst on home ice. TJ Sarcona scored the tying and game-winning goals in the third period. The win was a long time coming for sophomore goalie Guillaume Therien, who came into the game a hard-luck 0-13-3 for his career. The Purple Eagles liked the thrill of…

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Despite youth movement, Robert Morris’ progress ahead of schedule :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

It was supposed to take a while for Robert Morris to recover from last season. The Colonials, thanks in part to a large senior group that set team records and boasted multiple all-league award winners, led Atlantic Hockey wire to wire last season, winning 24 games before bowing to RIT in the championship game. Nine freshman were brought in, and a large rookie class often leads to a slow start. But the Colonials are on…

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Three Things: Twice as nice :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Atlantic Hockey Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Three Things from this past weekend in Atlantic Hockey: Double trouble There were three sweeps this weekend, with Army taking four points from Canisius, Air Force defeating Rochester Institute of Technology twice, and Robert Morris taking a pair of games from Sacred Heart. In the RIT/AFA and RMU/SHU series, the scores of the two games were identical: the Falcons had a pair of 4-3 wins, while the Colonials cruised to two 4-1 victories. In the…

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Four points proving to be hard to come by in Atlantic Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Atlantic Hockey coaches love to talk about parity, that on any given night, etc. Coaches in every league at every level give similar lip service out of respect for their opponents. But for the past four or five years, the scoreboard has shown that, night in and night out, it really happens in Atlantic Hockey. So far this season, there have been a total of seven weekend conference series, and only once has a team…

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Three Things: Cooling off :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Atlantic Hockey Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Here’s a look back at the weekend that was in Atlantic Hockey: Cooling off Dan Rubin and I spent the last two weeks crowing about the league’s relatively strong start in non-conference play, so of course it was time for a letdown. After opening the season a respectable 6-7-5, AHC teams were just 0-6-2 this past weekend. Niagara managed to tie Rensselaer 3-3 and American International fought former conference foe Connecticut to a 2-2 draw.…

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Gahagen proving to be backbone to Army West Point’s early success :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

What’s new in the world of Atlantic Hockey? We’ve got you covered… A little biased Recently, there’s been a national conversation on “media bias” — whether it exists and how it can affect the political landscape. I’m here to tell you that when it comes to college hockey, media bias definitely exists, and I’m exhibit “A.” I pull for Atlantic Hockey teams to win. There is no cheering allowed in the press box, so I…

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Top to bottom, Atlantic Hockey standings may be a roll of the dice :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

It’s only early October, but the Atlantic Hockey schools are already planning to still be playing meaningful games next spring. Here are the AHC team capsules in predicted order of finish: 1. Rochester Institute of Technology Last Season 18-15-6, 14-9-5 (fifth) in the Atlantic Hockey. Won playoff title and lost to Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Names to know Twin defensemen Chase and Brady Norrish enter their junior campaigns as co-captains…

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Atlantic Hockey schools enter year brimming with confidence :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online

The start of a new season always comes with optimism, and for Atlantic Hockey, hopes are sky-high after a momentous offseason. New Digs Three schools announced plans to upgrade their facilities, including a pair of upgrades that begin this season. American International is moving from the Olympia Ice Center to downtown Springfield’s MassMutual Center. Sacred Heart is also leaving its current off-campus home, the Milford Ice Pavilion in favor of the Webster Bank Arena in…

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